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Mets Morning News: More like RealmuNo

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Meet the Mets

While the Mets are happy to have James McCann as their new catcher, some are arguing that the team made a mistake by not pursuing J.T. Realmuto more forcefully.

For his part, James McCann is happy to be in New York and ready to help the team pursue multiple championships.

While most of the focus this offseason has been on free agency, Sandy Alderson is willing to consider making a blockbuster trade in the right circumstances.

One of Alderson’s main focuses is on the starting rotation, however, and the Mets have a few different free agent options for how they could fill the holes there.

New Mets GM Jared Porter also has a rich background in the world of hockey, most notably in his lengthy friendship with former NHL player Brooks Orpik.

The SNY booth will have a few Sundays off in 2021, as the Mets are currently scheduled to play four Sunday Night Baseball games on ESPN next season.

The Mets officially completed the Todd Frazier trade from August by sending reliever Ryder Ryan to the Rangers as the player to be named later.

The Mets made a unique signing yesterday, agreeing to a minor league deal 25-year-old left-handed pitcher and UK native Cam Opp.

At the age of 78, 1969 Met Cleon Jones is still trying to make a difference.

Around the National League East

The Nationals need to decide if they want to make a substantial upgrade at first base or give Ryan Zimmerman a chance to get significant playing time there in 2021.

Washington may also be interested in upgrading at third base and have supposedly talked to the Reds about Eugenio Suarez.

Braves manager Brian Snitker met with the media on Friday and offered his thoughts on a variety of different topics.

The Phillies may be interested in Jackie Bradley Jr., in spite of their repeated efforts over the years to address their outfield.

Fish Stripes argued that Joc Pederson could be a good fit for the Marlins.

Around Major League Baseball

Former Met Michael Wacha will have a new home in 2021, as he has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona signaled his support for the team’s upcoming name change.

ESPN’s Howard Bryant argued that the league’s decision to recognize the Negro Leagues as a part of MLB history does not make up for the sins the game committed in excluding Black players in the first place.

With a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon, Major League Baseball will have to determine how they will navigate the challenges that may arise from convincing some of their players and personnel to get vaccinated.

For teams who want to upgrade their rotation but aren’t interested in the cost or personality of Trevor Bauer, the recently posted Tomoyuki Sugano could be a strong alternative option.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague discussed the ways in which Steve Cohen has made himself more accessible to fans than the previous regime.

This Date in Mets History

Mets legend and Gary Cohen favorite Chip Ambres was born on this date in 1979.